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Disclaiming their characters' opinions? [Aug. 17th, 2014|11:42 pm]
Elsewhere it was claimed that if a character expresses an opinion that is not challenged,in the text, the author must agree with the opinion.

I posted:

It might be fun to find examples in other authors. Did any character challenge Polonius on "To thine own self be true [etc]"? Maybe Twain should have added a footnote saying, "This author does not agree that Huck will go to Hell."
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ouch [Aug. 15th, 2014|02:03 pm]
Pulled from tamaranth:

Thu, 09:34: RT @SteveStreza: Palestinians are tweeting people in #Ferguson to tell them how to deal with tear gas. Basically tells you everything. http…..

Photos of the Arab Spring people holding signs supporting the Madison protestors was nice.

But this one hurts.
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Miss Manners would love this, though from a polite distance. [Aug. 15th, 2014|01:14 pm]
The title -- "How to Be Polite" -- sounds like it would be snark, but it isn't, it's great.
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Guess Culture vs Inform Culture -- in web design?? (ie, 'minimalist') [Aug. 15th, 2014|12:27 pm]
The examples in the link below must be out of date, because it would be possible to figure out what they mean.

What's really Guess Design is stylized icons that mean nothing -- unless there's a key manual somewhere. Is there?
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Stinkin' male con authorities [Jul. 30th, 2014|04:25 am]
This was said elsewhere about the terms 'victim' and 'harmed' and 'safety'

It frames the harassed as a person who has no power, and the harasser as the person with all the power.

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1st person, subjective/objective, Blyth [Jul. 24th, 2014|11:14 am]
My repllies to

I, or my young self, share the prejudice against books like the Doolittle Series and Kidnapped, which are good adventure material filtered and clogged by that narrator’s feelings, and even Oswald’s narrative Bastable, and of course Rebecca and Till We Have Faces.

I love Kipling, Colette, The Alexandria Quartet, Huckleberry Finn, and probably others where I don’t even notice the 1st person. And Lewis’s The Great Divorce; the 1ST person parts of the Space Trilogy and the Narnia series; and Salinger’s stories that were narrated by Buddy Glass*.

There are a lot of common factors to be found, but what strikes me is a distinction that Blythe made in ZEN IN ENGLISH LITERATURE, between styles that are:

objective about objective things (Imagist)

objective about subjective things (yay Kipling, Colette)

subjective about objective things (Frost?)

subjective about subjective things (boo! Invictus, “I warm’d both hands before the fire of Life”)

* Whom I tried several times to find in the card catalog at the Carnagie Public Library.


All these examples may have been mine, except perhaps S / S. Long time since I read Blyth. On S / O I was thinking of "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" but really almost all of Frost that I remember is subjective about something! In "Birches" the "matter-of-fact" description of the ice-storm is S / O but what's before and after is S / S, yecch, or S / S / S.

Blyth's example of O / S was a Japanese haiku(?) something like this, worthy of Kipling or Twain imo.

On the holiday evening,
Hanging a colored lantern on the tree
What pains I took!


Not posted there.

There could be a good contrast between Oswald's narrative and Eustace Scrubb's in VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. Oswald's is really all about him; Eustace's really gives the objective events of the journey with a transparent layer about Eustace, which itself has a lot of contrast between Narnia and things that were happening in Britain in the 40s (cf Edward Eager where Jane wishes herself into a whole different family resembling the Scrubbs, both of which resembled some real sub-culture of that time.)
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A good article [Jul. 18th, 2014|11:11 pm]

Study: Rhode Island accidentally decriminalized prostitution, and good things happened
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When you have eliminated the impossible... [Jul. 15th, 2014|06:24 pm]
Netflix sent us two Poirots in a row. Both were productions of Christie's MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA and both starred Suchet. I haven't read the book.

Murder in Mesopotamia 2002. Has Hastings but not Miss Lemon. The victim is an attractive woman, hysterical about receiving threatening letters. Reviewers complained about the victim's backstory being very improbable. Otherwise it seemed a sound, well-crafted fair play Christie, including a quite good locked room and a clever murder method.

Appointment with Death May 2008. No Captain Hastings, no Miss Lemon. The victim is an ugly old lady who is mean to everyone, with a more credible backstory. But imo the murder method was impossible -- by GKC's standard.

There are many other differences between the two plots: different murderer, motive, and method, many different characters.

A spoiler for when the body is discovered in Appointment ...

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ETA: Mary supplied the correct quote in a comment below (Gladstone).

GKC applied Holmes's impossible/improbable with this example. Quoting from memory: "[Some physical thing] was merely highly improbable. A real impossibility, would be Disraeli offering Queen Victoria a cigar."

In Appointment, the victim is apparently sun-bathing in sight of everyone, in lethal desert sunshine, for longer than anyone would have let her stay there, no matter how cross she was (and in fact one of the observers was her husband, who for some reason loved her in spite of her behavior).

Interesting sociological note: in the 2002 film, the local police official is 'native' looking, and the pretty blond girl is his daughter. Nothing at all is made of this. In the 2008 film, the official is English and the blond is not connected with him. As for the 1930s book ... maybe I'll get around to reading it soon.
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And since when does 'whole milk' mean 3.25% butterfat?* [Jul. 15th, 2014|01:42 pm]
Since lobbyists got the WA/US legal definition changed, I bet.

"Organic food does not necessarily mean better. It’s a term that’s been co-opted and manipulated into a billion-dollar industry by some of the biggest food companies in America”

Co-opted from whom, and originally meaning what, and by which companies, the Post writer doesn't say. The trouble is, that as a supporter of real organics myself, I've been suspecting something like that for a few years now.

Say you're in the non-organic food business, and find you're losing customers to the organics. There's a standard adopted by government regulators stating what a food needs to exclude, in order to be advertised as 'organic', and this includes some requirements the farm has to meet (such as soil tests).

So what do you do? Infiltrate the regulating agency or its sources, and attack in two ways. One, keep lowering the standards of what can be in the food, so that more and more of your own stuff qualifies. Second, keep adding to the requirements that the farm has to meet, so that fewer and fewer of the (usually small) real organic farms can meet them.

ETA from comments, thanks.

"Since lobbyists got the WA/US legal definition changed, I bet."

It's a thing:

Here's a good article debunking the Post article, though tightly-focused on which groups are saying what about the chemicals.
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Canute Miami [Jul. 12th, 2014|11:57 pm]
A good article. It even has one picture of the actual news.
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